Monday, August 31, 2015

This Summer's Biggest Blockbuster — Jurassic World — Gets An Oct. 20 Greenlight From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
There is that nagging question that goes: “What will be the street date for DVD and Blu-ray editions of the biggest summer movie of 2015 (hint: it features an Indominus Rex)?”   The answer is: “Any damn street date it desires.”  

With $639.6 million (and counting), director Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World could be released at noon on a Sunday, at midnight on a Wednesday, or as Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced this past week, on Oct. 20.

For the record, that mid-October release date yields an ARR of 130 days.

Planned for the home entertainment market place are a stand-alone DVD edition, a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack version and a 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKU.   The Blu-ray selections also include UltraViolet.

Do you think movie-goers were ready for another Jurassic Park film?   Was 14 years too long of a gap?   Who knows, but with the second highest box office gross since the arrival of the DVD format (Avatar still clings to the number one spot) the answer to the first question is a resounding YES!   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
As to the long gap, well it took some time for the world to recover from the T-Rex rampage of the third installment and for the corporate mucky-mucks to rebuild the park (so a gap of over a decade in the storyline makes some sense).   

There were some nice touches to the overall story arc that also took a bit of time to develop (you don’t just do this overnight) — the Velociraptors went from villain to quasi-hero thanks to Owen’s work (Chris Pratt) — those kill and eat instincts still kick in from time to time —  T-Rex had a redemption moment and B.D. Wong’s character — Dr. Henry Wu — has evolved from the first film in a not-so-nice way.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAnd, with that kind of box office coin, we only have to wait until the summer of 2018 for the next dinosaur encounter — what new wonders will they cook up between now and then?

As to bonus goodies for Jurassic World, the DVD SKU includes deleted scenes and two featurettes — “Chris & Colin Take on the World” and “Dinosaurs Roam Once Again” — which are common to the Blu-ray editions as well.

Exclusive to the both Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack product offerings are “Welcome to Jurassic World,” “Innovation Center Tour with Chris Pratt,” “Jurassic World: All-Access Pass” and “Jurassic’s Closest Shaves.”

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